Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Takeshi Inomata & His West Liners - Liner Note

Year : 1967
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Bossa Nova, Afro Cuban Jazz

Recorded in 1967 for the Nippon Columbia label and released under the Takt Jazz Series, here The West Liners, a top jazz combo lead by the japanese drummer Takeshi Inomata featuring Masaru Imada, Tetsuo Fushimi, Shigeo Suzuki and Sadanori Nakamure. The group was recruited by american jazz vocalist Helen Merrill for her In Tokyo & Sings Screen Favorites albums released in 1963 & 1966, and has proven all the extent of his talent. Liner Note is a blend of Jazz & Latin music including some great jazz covers, standards and classics from Miles Davis, George Gershwin, Herbie Hancock, Antonio Carlos Jobim or Mongo Santamaria. The side A contains jazz titles played in the Bossa Nova style (Old Devil Moon, Summertime) & covers (Meditation, Panteno), but also Samba (La Grita). The rest of the album contains titles from Afro Cuban Jazz (Afro-Blue) & Cool Jazz (Freddie Freeloader) to Hard Bop (Cantaloupe Island). All tracks arranged by Takeshi Inomata.

Takeshi Inomata_drums
Tatsuro Takimoto_bass
Masaru Imada_piano
Sadanori Nakamure_guitar
Shigeo Suzuki_alto saxophone
Ichiro Mimori_tenor saxophone
Tetsuo Fushimi_trumpet  

01. Old Devil Moon
02. Sometime Ago
03. Summertime
04. La Grita
05. Meditation
06. Panteno
07. Afro-Blue
08. Cantaloupe Island
09. Tiny's Blue
10. All Blues
11. Freddie Freeloader
12. Eighty-One


Norio Maeda Trio - We Three Jazz

Year : 1978
Label : ADAM
Genre : Jazz
Style : Modal, Contempory Jazz
Jazz cover album performed by Norio Maeda Trio including his sideman drummer Takeshi Inomata & Yasuo Arakawa plus special guest apparence by american shakuhachi player (japanese bamboo flute) John 'Kaizan' Neptune. Titles include Jazz standards by Victor Young, John Lewis or Duke Ellington and the Maeda's original Blues featuring John 'Kaizan' Neptune. All tracks arranged by Norio Maeda.
Norio Maeda_piano
Yasuo Arakawa_bass
Takeshi Inomata_drums

01. Stella by Starlight
02. Django
03. I'll Remenber April
05. Like Someone In Love
06. In The Sentimental Mood
07. Five Pennies-Lullaby Ragtime

Yuji Ohno Trio - LUPIN THE THIRD [JAZZ] - Plays The "Standards"

Year : 2003
Label : VAP
Genre : Jazz
Style : Contempory Jazz, Cool Jazz
Website : 大野雄二 Official Website - Vap

With this sixth volume of Lupin The Third JAZZ series, Yuji Ohno pays tribute to his peers. Titles include two Lupin III classic melodies (Theme From Lupin The Third, Treasure of Time) and eight jazz standards among others C Jam Blues, Autumn Leaves, S'Wonderful or also the theme song from the Disney's animated film Pinocchio  (When You Wish Upon A Star). All tracks performed and arranged by Yuji Ohno Trio. 

Yuji Ohno_piano
Masayuki Tawarayama_bass
Kenichiro Murata_drums
01. C Jam Blues 
02. Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Mortes)
03. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 
04. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise 
05. When You Wish Upon A Star 
06. Theme From Lupin The Third
07. It Could Happen to You 

08. Treasure of Time
09. S'Wonderful
10. My Foolish Heart


A State Of Mind - Crown Yard

Year : 2011
Label : Wagram
Genre : Hip Hop
Style : Hip Hop Jazz/Funk

A.S.M. are two MCs (Green-T & FP) and one beatmaker (Fade) from England who played Hip-Hop, Reggae and Trip-Hop. Revealed by French DJ Wax Tailor, they collaborated with him on Positively Inclined from HOPE & SORROW (2007), Say Yes from In the Mood for Life (2009) and Guaranteed from their first LP Platypus Funk (2010). On Platypus Funk, they also collaborated with DJ Vadim, Sadat X, Wildchild and Bonobo. They surrounded by a soul and funky backing band (among 6ixtoys players Marco Bernardis on tenor sax, Paul Burton on trombone, Tom Ashbrook on keyboards) make the album as Blaxploitation soundtrack. Cuts & Scratches by Stab. Produced & arranged by Fade.

01. Splice The Mainbrace
02. Cool Runnings
03. Don't Look Back
04. Give It Up (feat. Esther Cowens)
05. Rhodes Less Travelled
06. Count It
07. Hide & Seek (feat. Cornell Campbell)
08. Gone Fishin'
09. Lovelife
10. Testimony (feat. Mattic from The Others)
11. Rawskank Redemption (feat. Justin Percival)
12. The Heist
13. Milk Thistle
14. Double Negative
15. Limbo

Funky DL - Amy Winehouse Volume 2 : Back To Rap

Year : 2010
Label : Washington Classics
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Hip Hop Jazz

The Hip-Hop Jazz project 'Funky DL samples Amy Winehouse Vol. 2' from Back To Black album, brings together several Hip-Hop artists from Londonian scene produced by Washington Classics (founded by Funky DL) as Ricko Capito, Dukus Alemay, Pyrelli, MCD, Addictive, Sus, K9, Lei-an.Funky DL, thank you to allow us to download free this album !

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01. Intro
02. Can't Keep Lying
03. Together
04. I Told You I Was Trouble
05. And I Wake Up Alone
06. Owe Nothing To Me
07. The Chips Were Down
08. Put It In Writing
09. What She Running From
10. I Can Get Mine
11. Gold For A Fool
12. Outro

Wax Tailor - HOPE & SORROW

Year : 2007
Label : Atmosphériques
Genre : Electronic, Hip Hop
Style : Downtempo, Hip Hop Jazz

Second LP from the french Trip-Hop & Hip-Hop producer. He invited several artists to collaborate : Sharon Jones (The Way We Lived), Voice (The Games You Play), A.S.M. (Positively Inclined), Ursula Rucker (We Be) and as on Tales Of The Forgotten Melodies, Charlotte Savary (The Man with No Soul, To Dry Up & Alien in My Belly), US Hip-Hop band The Others (House of Wax). Marina Quaisse plays cello on The Man With No Soul, Positively Inclined & To Dry Up. Cuts, samples & scratches by Wax Tailor. Mixed by Laurent Collat & Wax Tailor.

01. Once Upon A Past
02. The Way We Lived
03. The Games You Play
04. The Tune
05. The Man With No Soul
06. Radio Broadcast
07. Positively Inclined
08. Sometimes
09. House Of Wax
10. Beyond Words
11. To Dry Up
12. We Be
13. That Case
14. There Is Danger
15. Alien In My Belly

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kool & The Gang - Light Of Worlds

Year : 1974
Label : De-Lite
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul

The Kool & The Gang's fifth album featuring the Pazant Brothers, and including Boogie funk, R 'N' B & Jazz Funk styles. As usual, some songs were sampled by various famous Hip-Hop artists like Gang Starr or Pete Rock &amp CL Smooth  (Summer Madness).The Pazant Brothers played on the Light Of Worlds's song.

Robert 'Kool' Bell_bass
George 'Funky' Brown_Drums
Khalis Bayyan_tenor saxophone
Claydes E. X. Smith_guitar
Rick West_keyboards
Dennis 'D.T.' Thomas_alto saxophone
Robert 'Spike' Mickens_trumpet, flugelhorn
Alvin Pazant_trumpet
Eddie Pazant_oboe, alto saxophone

01. Street Corners Symphony
02. Fruitman
03. Rhyme-Tyme People
04. Light Of The Worlds
05. Whiting H. & G.
06. You Don't Have To Change
07. Higher Plane
08. Summer Madness
09. Here After

Betty Davis

Year : 1973
Label : Just Sunshine Records
Genre : Soul
Style : Funk/Soul, Rock

Soul Rock Fusion with a funky slapping bass (Anti Love Song) and the screaming powerfull voice of Betty Davis, produced by Greg Errico (ex-Sly & The Family Stone). The Miles Davis' second wife (introduced him to Jimi Hendrix) surrounded by a great line-up as Larry Graham (bass) from Graham Central Station (and ex-Sly & The Family Stone), Greg Errico (drums), Neal Schon (guitar) from Santana band, Jules Broussard (baritone saxophone), Greg Adams (trumpet) from Tower Of Power and contributions from Sylvester, The Pointer Sisters (backing vocals). Written & arranged by Betty Davis.

01. If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
02. Walkin Up The Road
03. Anti Love Song
04. Your Man My Man
05. Ooh Yeah
06. Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes
07. Game Is My Middle Name
08. In The Meantime

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Soil & Pimp Sessions - Planet Pimp

Year : 2008
Label : Victor
Genre : Jazz, Electronic
Style : Broken Beat, Contempory Jazz, Fusion

The same ingredients as their previous albums : a supercharged jazz with energic grooves, soul spirit throughout the record. After this album (their fifth), they will be present on the U.S. music market.

01. I.N.T.R.O
02. Hollow
03. Storm
04. Fantastic Planet
05. Go Next!
06. Darkside
07. Sea of Tranquility
08. The World is Filled by...
09. Khamasin
10. Struggle
11. ミンガスファンクラブ
12. Mars
13. Satsuriku Rejects
14. Sorrow

Monday, December 12, 2011

Akira Ishikawa & His Group - Drum Yagibushi Drum

Year : 1971
Label : Crown
Genre : Jazz
Style : Jazz Rock, Psychedelic, Traditionnal

Akira Ishikawa revisits the japanese popular folk songs from Yagibushi & Ondo. These two traditional japanese music genres are associated to various dances forms, by the using a set of traditional japanese drums & percussions as the taiko. The group plays Rock 'N' Roll mixing  Progressive Jazz, Psychedelia & World music, featuring probably Hiromasa Suzuki on electric piano and arrangements.

01. Otemoyan
02. Mamurogawa Ondo
03. Saitaro Bushi
04. Akita Ondo
05. Kiso Bushi
06. Kagoshima Ohara Bushi
07. Sado Okesa
08. Hanagasa Ondo
09. Awa Odori
10. Aizu Bandaisan
11. Yagi Bushi
12. Soran Bushi
13. Yasuki Bushi
14. Miike Tanko Bushi


Count's Jazz Rock Band

Year : 2005
Label : Bridge Inc.
Genre : Rock
Style : Jazz Rock, Blues

Count's Jazz Rock Band is a instrumental Jazz Rock Blues group formed by Kenji Omura, Takeo Yamamura and Martin Willweber from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Later Kenji & Martin will evolve in the Jun Fukamachi group, especially for Triangle Session tour in 1977 featuring The Breckers Brothers. This compilation brings together rare live tracks and studio recordings between 1969 and 1971, including original compositions and four cover songs (Johnny Guitar, She's A Woman, Count's Rock Blues & This Guy's In Love With You).  

Kenji Omura_guitar
Takeo Yamamura_bass
Martin Willweber_drums 

01. Kenji's Shuffle
02. The Waltz II
03. Grasshopper's Blues
04. The Fast One
05. Johnny Guitar (Victor Young/Peggy Lee)
06. She's A Woman (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
07. Suite Part 1
08. Suite Part 2
09. Count's Rock Blues (Steve Marcus)
10. This Guy's In Love With You (Burt Bacharach/Hal David)


Funky DL - A Classic Example Of A...

Year : 2010
Label : Bad News Records
Genre : Hip-Hop
Style : Hip Hop Jazz
Website : Washington Classics 

On the Japanese label Bad News Records, a Funky DL' album mixing Hip-Hop Soul & Jazz. Several featuring with turnabilist DJ Stixx on Rhymin' 76, MC Dukus Alemay on Rhymin' 76, Your Night & Hold On, Wait Up, and Lei-An on C'Mon, Star Signs & Wealthy. Produced by Funky DL & Kazutoshi Chiba.

01. Falling Up
02. Rhymin' 76
03. C'Mon
04. Your Night
05. My 20
06. Copy & Paste
07. Star Signs
08. Someone To Love
09. Hold On, Wait Up
10. Listen
11. Wealthy
12. I Am Music/Quattro
13. The Countdown
14. Tell Me Something
15. Seven
16. Rhymin' 76 Remix

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Here Comes Shuggie Otis

Year : 1970
Label : Epic/Sony
Genre : Soul, Rock
Style : Psychedelic Soul/Funk

His first album produced by his father, the multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger and producer Johnny Otis. He 's surrounded by, in particular, The Crusaders Wilton Felder (electric bass & harpsichord) and Stix Hooper (drums), the Hard-Bop bassit player Al McKibbon. Oxford Gray is reminiscent of the Jimi Hendrix' style with his big guitar solo. Shuggie plays mainly guitar but also piano and harpsichord. From Rhythm & Blues to Psychedelic Soul, orchestration arranged by Johnny Otis.

01. Oxford Gray
02. Jennie Lee
03. Bootie Cooler
04. Knowing (That You Want Him)
05. Funky Thithee
06. Shuggie's Boogie
07. Hurricane
08. Gospel Groove
09. Baby, I Needed You
10. The Hawks

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Earth, Wind And Fire - The Need Of Love

Year : 1971
Label : Warner
Genre : Soul
Style : Psychedelic Soul/Funk

The last album with the original band before Maurice and Verdine White recruit new players and moved to Columbia. A over nine-minute free jazz and funky track marks the beginning of the album with Oscar Brashear' trumpet solo. At this time the group is formed by Maurice (drums, percussion, kalimba, vocals) and Verdine White (bass), Michael Beal (guitar, harmonica) Yackov Ben Israel (percussion, congas) Don Whitehead (piano, electric piano, vocals) Chet Washington (tenor saxophone) Alex Thomas (trombone) Sherry Scott & Wade Flemons (vocals).

01. Energy
02. Beauty
03. I Can Feel It In My Bones
04. I Think About Lovin' You
05. Everything Is Everything
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